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How Have Commodity Prices Performed in 2015?

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The biggest news we hear when we talk about commodity prices is oil prices. That's because they've crashed nearly 50% in the last year.

But oil is nowhere near the biggest loser among the most common commodities.

Here's how the five most traded commodities have performed in 2015...

Is Silver a Good Investment Today?

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With silver prices flat for the year, is silver a good investment to make right now?

Silver has not performed nearly as well as its high-flying days of 2009-2011, when it quadrupled in price. But that doesn't mean the metal doesn't have value to your portfolio.

Let's delve into some relevant aspects of the silver market to determine whether now is a good time to invest in silver.

New Silver Price Forecast for the Rest of 2015

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Up 4.2% year to date, silver prices could end the year solidly higher.

There are a handful of catalysts that can push up the white metal.

Keep reading for why the silver price forecast sees higher prices ahead...

Your Gold and Silver Forecast for the Second Half of 2015

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Investors considering gold or silver as an investment or hedge need a good handle on the factors driving their prices.

That's where supply, demand, trend, and sentiment data come in.

With global economic and market factors painting no clear picture about the near-term prospects for a lot of investments, many of you might be considering whether it makes sense to add gold or silver to your portfolios.

To help you decide, here's my take on the direction of gold and silver prices in the second half of 2015...

Technical Case to Buy Silver Getting More Compelling

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We have recommended that you buy silver at these low levels for some time now.

Not necessarily because it's due for huge spike, but because if you buy silver in small allocations, it can act as insurance for your broader portfolio in case markets go south.

But technical indicators are slowly aligning to make a compelling case for investors to buy silver...

Why Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) Stock Is a Buy

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Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE: SLW) practically invented the streaming business model. Established in 2004 with a main focus on silver, Silver Wheaton is now the largest precious metals streaming company in the world.

SLW is a great way to play the precious metals space. It comes with less risk than investing in miners, while still offering much upside potential.

Here's a look at why now's a great time to add SLW stock to your portfolio...

Why Gold and Silver Prices Today Are Soaring

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Gold and silver prices today surged following a soft U.S. retail report and tepid economic data out of China.

June gold futures hit a two-week high, eclipsing the key $1,200 level, in early trading. Silver prices today surpassed $17 an ounce to reach a six-week high.

Here's everything investors need to know about the precious metals now...

How to Buy Silver Now Before Prices Rise

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Silver prices have been in the doghouse for some time. After peaking at $49 in April 2011, the precious metal has given back 66%. It's been flagging around the current $16 range for the past seven months.

But a couple key indicators show the price of silver is both cheap and could be set to rocket higher.

To make sure you get a piece of the profits, we put together these steps on how to buy silver today...

Let's Make Silver Shine Even Brighter Than Gold

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In the world of precious metals, silver is considered the "Poor Man's Gold."

Anyone who believes this nonsense will stay away from investing in silver for all the wrong reasons.

With the S&P 500 pushing resistance once again at 2,100, perhaps it's time to visit the land of the contrarian trader, for as the saying goes, as the stock market falls, the precious metals markets rise.

And I am interested in the "Poor Man's Gold" not only because it's priced far less than gold. I'm in it for the type of returns no man, poor or otherwise, can resist...

How Silver Futures Trading Works

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Understanding how silver futures trading works is integral to understanding what moves silver prices.

The quoted price of silver is typically not the spot price of silver -the price of immediate delivery. Rather, it's the price of the most actively traded futures contract for the later delivery of silver.

Here's how silver futures trading works...

Gold/Silver Ratio Just Another Sign Prices Are Too Low

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The gold/silver ratio is another indication that silver is grossly underpriced.

By 2014 average prices, the gold/silver ratio was 66-to-1. That number has only climbed in 2015. As of yesterday's closing spot gold price and spot silver price, the ratio was about 72-to-1. It's not just that the gold-silver ratio is five times its historical average that indicates that it's underpriced. It's also that its scarcity in relation to gold doesn't justify such a high ratio.

Here's what that says about the price of silver today...

New Wearable Technology: Shirts That Track Your Health

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Wearable technology is getting a turbo boost from silver.

You see, sports and technology companies have already developed wristbands, shoe inserts, and smartphone apps that can track your heart rate, distance covered, and several other data points.

But now a Canadian company is collaborating with a global fashion powerhouse to take this market to a whole new level - with silver...

The Current Price of Silver Is Climbing but Still Highly Volatile

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The current price of silver is very volatile, but it is currently on the upswing.

At $17.145 an ounce - the current price of silver as of 8:45 a.m. EDT - the white metal is up 9.3% on the year and 3.5% on the month. But it is volatile.

Here's what to make of the current price of silver...

Price of Gold and Silver Climbs as Safe Haven Trade Is Back On

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The price of gold - and silver - rallied Thursday as investors piled into "risk off" trades.

They're both up on the day and the week, where the Dow has been slipping for four sessions.

Find out why and what is next - just continue reading here.

Apple Stock Debuts on Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, March 19, forecasted a 43-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA surged 227 points Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year. Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) makes its official debut on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today. It replaces AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). [Here's why Apple - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732.5 billion - just became worthy of joining the DJIA...]

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

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